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  • Porno Graffitti to hold stadium lives in Kobe and Yokohama

    March 31, 2014 @ 12:24 am

    Porno Graffitti will hold their stadium live called 'Kobe・Yokohama Romance Porno' in September.   This was announced on March 29th during the finale of their nationwide tour '13th Live Circuit: Love E-mail from 1999' at Marine Messe Fukuoka. Their first stadium live in about 5 years will be held on September 13th at Hotto Motto Field Kobe, and on September 20th and 21st at Yokohama Stadium. The tour started in December to co

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  • Ikimonogakari to sing the ending theme for 'NEWS23'

    March 31, 2014 @ 12:22 am

    Ikimonogakari's new song "Namida ga Kieru Nara" has been chosen as the ending theme for TBS' news program 'NEWS23'.   "Namida ga Kieru Nara" is a slow tempo song with Yoshioka Kiyoe's (Vo) singing voice sounding gently. It was written by Yoshioka and Yamashita Hotaka (G, Harmonica), and composed by Yoshiko and Mizuno Yoshiko (G). This is the group's first song in which all members were involved in the song making. The arrangement was d

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  • Watanabe Mayu becomes the center for AKB48's upcoming 36th single

    March 30, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

    AKB48's upcoming 36th single is titled "Labrador Retriever" (to be released on May 21) and Watanabe Mayu will serve as the center for this single. This marks the second time for Watanabe to take the center position as she was the center for the group's 30th single "So long!" (released in February 2013). There are 36 girls in total chosen as the Senbatsu members for the title track. "Labrador Retriever" will contain the voting ticket fo

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  • AKB48's National Olympic Stadium concert canceled due to stormy weather

    March 30, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    It's been reported that AKB48's concert on March 30th at National Olympic Stadium has been canceled due to stormy weather.  At this time, there are no details on the make-up performance, but will be announced once it has been decided. Goods will continue to be sold in a special area inside National Olympic Stadium until 10:00 pm. AKB48 held a concert at the same venue the day before, on March 29th. The members challenged themselves to flying act

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  • Sakai Noriko sings in Chinese at 'Asia Pop Music Festival' in Hong Kong

    March 29, 2014 @ 6:14 am

    The 'Asia Pop Music Festival' was held in Hong Kong on the night of March 28. The event invited singers from 7 countries in Asia including actress Sakai Noriko, who is popular in China.   Before the festival, Sakai commented on the relationship between Japan, China, and South Korea. "Music doesn't have any boundaries. It has the power to make you forget about everything and become one. Through this festival, I hope to bring warm f

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  • Oshima Yuko to release stamps in commemoration of her graduation

    March 29, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    In commemoration of her graduation from AKB48 on June 2, Oshima Yuko will be releasing a postage stamp set called 'AKB48 Oshima Yuko Sotsugyou Kinen Frame Kitte Set'.Since her theater debut in April of 2006, Oshima has been an active member of AKB48 for about 8 years. For the stamps, she has handpicked one picture to represent each year. Including pictures from her graduation ceremony, which will be held on March 29 and 30th a

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  • 9nine's Kawashima Umika to be a MC for the first time

    March 29, 2014 @ 2:33 am

    Kawashima Umika (9nine) will be one of the MCs for TBS' variety program 'I am Bouken Shounen' which starts on April 23rd at 11:53 pm. Kawashima will host the show alongside Okamura Takashi (Ninety-nine) and Tanaka Naoki (Cocorico). With the concept "to discover mysterious natural phenomenons, living things, and rare ingredients", the three will explore various subjects from a scientific viewpoint. "I'm pretty nervous. Variety is an unkn

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  • Nakagawa Shoko to cover her father's song for her new album

    March 29, 2014 @ 2:32 am

    Nakagawa Shoko is getting ready to release her new album "9lives" on April 2nd. As the bonus track for the album, she will be covering her late father Nakagawa Katsuhiko's song "Last Wish -Onaji Iro no Christmas-". She worked on it with guitarist Char who was also the co-composer of the song.   During the March 27th broadcast of Nico Nico Namahousou's 'Shokotan no Wo', Nakagawa stated, "This will be the first and last time singing my f

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  • 6 artists to sing theme songs for 'Mezamashi TV'

    March 29, 2014 @ 2:31 am

    Fuji TV's information programs 'Mezamashi TV' (Monday - Friday, 5:25 am - 8:00 am) and 'Mezamashi Doyoubi' (Saturday, 6:00 am - 8:30 am) will be undergoing renewal starting with its April broadcasts. Until now, one artist has been in charge of the theme song throughout the year. This will change starting in April as one artist will be in charge of the theme song one day out of the week. There will be 6 participating artists who are SEKAI NO

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  • exist†trace to release new single 'Spiral Daisakusen'

    March 29, 2014 @ 2:29 am

    exist†trace will release a new single titled "Spiral Daisakusen" on May 14th."Spiral Daisakusen" will the band's first single since their Tower Records limited edition single "DIAMOND" which was released about 10 months ago. The title track is described as a fun dance number that reminds one of the 1980s. As its coupling track, the single will include "Antique Doll" which has already been performed during their lives, as well as a new song calle

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